Editorial | The Editorial Board fesses up to their spookiest Halloween fears
Published: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 01:10
Whether it’s evil clowns, dark basements or midterm exams, almost everyone is deeply frightened of something or someone (yes, this applies to your finance or chemistry professor). Since Halloween is around the corner, The Miami Student Editorial Board decided to share some of our fears that make us cringe and even scream, like our Sports Editor Tom Downey does when he sees a hairy, long legged spider. Even as college students, there are still creepy things that just downright freak us out.
Our tough-as-nails Editor In Chief Katie Taylor has a fear that mimics a scene from the 1963 film The Haunting. Ever have a feeling that something is going to grab your hand or foot if it is dangling off the bed? So does Katie.
“I wrap my feet up at night with my blankets because I am scared someone will grab me. That moment in the Haunting when something holds the girls’ hand when she is in bed….terrifying.”
Every time lighting and thunder stretch across the sky, you can find our Campus Editor Victoria Slater hiding under the covers, or refusing to leave her car.
“I have had recurring nightmares about getting struck by lightening,” she says. Good news for Victoria and other scaredy cats: the odds of being struck by lighting per year are 1 in 700,000 according to National Geographic News.
If your worst nightmare is a masked figure chasing after you with a knife, like in cult classic Scream, Community Editor Chris Curme can agree with you on that one.
“I have to leave the room when someone has a knife because I think of all the ways they can somehow stab me. Cleavers — okay, fine. Knives? No way.”
Here’s a hint about our News Editor Emily Crane’s fear: they can survive nuclear attacks. Yep, cockroaches freaked Emily out when she lived in Africa, and these were not your average house ones, either.
“We had massive ones that would fly and one time I was in our basement and one flew and landed on my head. I cannot handle them.”
Even though comedian Dane Cook’s skit about burglars breaking and entering into houses gets some laughs, for Editorial Editor Emily Eldridge it’s not a laughing matter.
“I would have dreams about kidnappers. I had two stuffed animal elephants and I would put one on each side of me because I thought this would stop them from getting me.” If you fear this as well, keep your stuffed animals like Emily’s handy.
There seems to be a theme of creepy crawlers when it comes to our staff’s fears. But the rest of Americans can empathize with this —27 percent of Americans fear spiders and insects according to a recent Gallup Poll. Campus Editor Reis Thebault squirms when he encounters centipedes.
“Spiders are one thing, but these have way too many legs. They move fast and low to the ground. Not okay.”
Community Editor Jane Blazer still sleeps with a night light like the rest of the 11 percent of Americans who are scared of the dark.
“You are unaware of your surroundings and I always think of scary movies and that something bad is going to happen.”
If this is your fear, we recommend for Jane and the rest of you to carry around a mini flash light in case the electricity goes out, but you should probably keep this on the DL.
Even though our Sports Editor Tom Downey claims he “isn’t scared of anything,” there is one thing that makes him jump on top of a chair and beg for one of his editors to help him.
“Spiders suck. They attack me and bite me. I don’t mind the movie Eight Legged Freaks, but I don’t like the real ones.” We aren’t sure if he is aware that seven to eight spiders will crawl into your mouth in a lifetime — sleep with your mouth closed, Downey.
Crop circles and UFO’s have scared Editorial Editor Nicole Theodore since she was little. “I watched the movie ET when I was six and I was scarred for life. I refuse to watch that movie or go on the ride at Universal Studios.” She insists aliens exist, so we now know who the crazy one is on staff.
A&E Editor Billy Rafael had a dangerous brush with a bee hive when he was four years old, making bees his worst nightmare. “When I was four I stepped on a hive and got 25 stings,” Billy said.